OUR GENTE is the LGBTQ+ Services program of The Epicenter that exists to create safe environments and opportunities to affect positive change and growth for LGBTQ+ youth in Monterey County.
Our Gente programming includes peer social support and community building for LGBTQ+ youth, community and agency trainings, special events, and peer support for parents and caregivers of LGBTQ+ youth.
QTYC (Queer/Trans Youth Collective) is a youth leadership program that provides workplace experience in a non-profit environment as an introduction to LGBTQ+ social advocacy and activism. Youth leaders are responsible for creating and facilitating Our Gente programming and offer peer support to other LGBTQ+ youth in the community.
Q-TURN is Our Gente’s LGBTQ+ specific drop-in hours that happen every Thursday from 12 PM to 5 PM at The Epicenter. Youth participants are welcomed to an accepting environment where they can build community with LGBTQ+ youth and their allies and develop networks of support with their peers.
FLY (Families of LGBTQ+ Youth) is a social support group for the parents, caretakers, and adult family members of LGBTQ+ youth to help connect those people to peer support, to ask questions, and to learn more about the LGBTQ+ experience in a non-judgmental forum.
FLY is currently on a short hiatus, but will return to regular meetings on the third Wednesdays of the month at 6 PM at The Epicenter beginning January 17th.
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OUR GENTE LGBTQ+ BEST PRACTICES TRAININGS are offered to local service providers, community groups, organizations, school faculty, and any other party interested in learning more about the LGBTQ+ community and the unique challenges LGBTQ+ youth face. 30 minute virtual “LGBTQ+ 101” presentations are offered free of charge.
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